Switzerland-based power and energy solutions provider ABB will supply a complete shore-to-ship (S2S) power system for Color Line’s ro-pax ferry, the SuperSpeed1.

The SuperSpeed1 vessel was built by Aker Finnyards at Rauma, Finland, and has been operating on the Kristians and to Hitshals route since 2008.

S2S will enable the 34,231t vessel to switch from ship to shore power within minutes, while the ferry is in port, reducing fuel consumption and costs.

The 11kv system will reduce the vessel’s annual carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by 3,000t and 50t, respectively, and also reduce sulphur oxide and other particulate matter emissions.

As part of the deal, ABB will assess the ship’s compatibility and install the S2S connection switchboard, an onboard transformer and the low voltage switchboard, and extend the automation system and the shoreside high voltage shore connection switchboard in Kristiansand, Norway.

ABB marine and cranes business unit head Heikki Soljama said that the installation will make a significant contribution to the industry.

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"We are providing energy efficient solutions to a ferry line that connects key locations and therefore facilitates the transportation of people and goods between destinations, including the Kristiansand to Hitshals route, where transit time on SuperSpeed1 is between three and four hours," Soljama said.

The new system will be deployed in SuperSpeed1 by the end of March this year, which will make it the third vessel after the Color Magic and Color Fantasy from Color Line’s fleet to feature ABB’s system.